12lbs 3oz Cesarean Birth + HBAC (Homebirth After Cesarean)

12lbs 3oz Cesarean Birth + HBAC (Homebirth After Cesarean)

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Cesarean Birth Followed by HBAC (Homebirth After Cesarean)

Diana’s first baby was an unexpectedly large, 12 lbs, 3 oz. He was born via c-section after a very long labor. It was a deeply traumatic experience for her, but when she became pregnant again 2 years later she knew she’d the have this second baby at home.

Diana had a completely different labor and birth experience the second time – a beautiful, fast home birth that was also incredibly healing for her. She wants any woman who’s had a traumatic birth or a c-section to know it’s possible to not only heal from it, but to have a better, empowering subsequent birth.

Diana Forsell Bio

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Diana is a full time mom to two little boys, Arakel, who is three and a half, and Rama, one and a half. When she’s not chasing around her boys, Diana is a dedicated yogi, and loves to spend as much time outdoors with her family as possible. She lives in Seattle, WA. Connect with her on Instagram.

Resources

ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network)
Homebirth After Cesarean Book
Indie Birth

Beco 8 Carrier

This episode is sponsored by Beco. Beco focuses on bringing you an ideal combination of comfort and style to power you through daily duties with your baby close. With the new release of the Beco 8 baby carrier, you now have more options than ever to carry your baby. Learn more about the Beco 8 at becobaby.com.

Embracing an Unexpected Cesarean Birth

Embracing an Unexpected Cesarean Birth

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Staying Grounded When Faced with an Unexpected Cesarean

Inducing labor was not Elyse’s first choice of how she imagined her birth story unfolding. However, the Miracles and Universal ‘Signs’ continued to show themselves throughout her birthing process.

Tapping into her meditation, healing and yoga skills, Elyse stayed connected to her intuition throughout the birth process even though it went opposite of what was planned. Her family, spiritual mentor and doula also supported in creating a welcoming, beautiful environment for baby Oliver to enter this world.

After 18 hours from her water breaking, Elyse was only 2.5-3 cm dilated. Oliver made his grand entrance via C-Section. In this episode, learn how Elyse & her husband came to this decision, stayed grounded, and embraced the many changes that came along the way.

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Elyse Falzone Bio

Elyse is a Spiritual Life Coach and Intuitive Healer. She empowers women to be leaders in their families, communities and the world. Elyse believes we are each teachers, healers and lightworkers in our own unique way. Elyse awakens her clients’ spiritual gifts and talents so they can share them with the world. Getting inspired by her own pregnancy journey,  Elyse loves to support pregnant women to connect to their babies while in the womb. She also loves being a mommy to Oliver and a loving wife to her husband, Cameron. Connect with her via her website or via Instagram

Resources

Meal Train

BellyBuds

Mediation & Yoga

Facebook Groups

WavHello

BellyBuds while pregnant

This episode is sponsored by WavHello. BellyBuds by WavHello are adhesive speakers that gently adhere to mom’s baby bump. BellyBuds help reduce stress, stimulate early development and promote positive connectivity in the brain through music.

Learn more about BellyBuds and their 20 weeks to bliss program to have a happier and healthier pregnancy at wavhello.com. You can also check out the video about using Belly Buds to turn a breech baby, here.

Infertility, Placental Abruption Cesarean, and VBAC Birth Stories

Infertility, Placental Abruption Cesarean, and VBAC Birth Stories


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Alexandra Barretta is from Queens, NY. After struggling with infertility, she was able to get pregnant after several IUI’s and 2 IVF’s. Her son was born 6 weeks early due to a placental abruption via c-section. The C section recovery was very difficult, so she knew she definitely wanted to attempt a VBAC for her second pregnancy. She was told not to get her hopes up about having a VBAC by her high-risk doctors; but, she successfully delivered her daughter via VBAC after challenging the on call doctor at the hospital that morning. Connect with Alexandra on Instagram.

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Resources

Essential Guide to Breastfeeding

Hospital Grade Breastpump

The Birth Hour podcast VBAC Stories

Get a Lactation Consultant

Local Infertility Forums

Aeroflow Breastpumps

This episode is sponsored by Aeroflow BreastpumpsAeroflow helps new and pregnant moms to qualify for breast pumps through their health insurance. They carry all of the major brands, including Medela, Spectra, Lansinoh, Evenflo, and more. Visit their website to get started today, and your dedicated breast pump specialist will take care of all of the paperwork for you, including getting a prescription from your doctor and filing the claim with your insurance. Go here to get started!

Preeclampsia Family Centered Cesarean & Gestational Diabetes VBA2C Birth Stories

Preeclampsia Family Centered Cesarean & Gestational Diabetes VBA2C Birth Stories


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 Preeclampsia leading to Family Centered Cesarean

When Megan Ray had her first baby, she was planning a water birth at home; but, she was overdue. She went in for a biophysical profile, and found out her blood pressure was through the roof and she was admitted for severe pre-eclampsia. They tried an induction, but her condition continued to deteriorate, so she had a c-section. It was family centered and very special, but she was very sick and doesn’t remember much of the actual birth.

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Megan got pregnant again right away (breast feeding isn’t birth control!) when her son was just 3 months old. She wanted a VBAC with the same nurse midwife group that ended up being her care provider when she went to the hospital with her first. She came to her due date again, after spending several weeks on BP meds for high numbers, and had a bad 24 hr urine test result. They moved forward with another induction, but after 24 or so hours trying to get things going her labs were getting worse and baby was not coming down. They said it was possibly a positioning issue, or maybe even breech, so she moved forward with a second family centered c-section.

VBA2C with Gestational Diabetes

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Megan and her husband waited a little longer to get pregnant a 3rd time so they’d have 18 months between births. Continuing care with her midwife, she changed some things about her pregnancy care, like different supplements and other care like scar tissue work with the C Section Recovery Center and lots of chiropractic care. She ended up with a gestational diabetes diagnosis that crushed her; but, with the support of her midwife she continued on her journey to a VBA2C. Since she needed medication to help control the GD, she moved forward with an induction at 39+2, this time with no signs of pre eclampsia! She had a cooks catheter placed the night before, pitocin started the next morning, and her baby girl, Jeanneva was born after only 15 minutes of pushing less than 12 hours later!

After Jeanneva was born, Megan had genetic blood testing done and found out she has a MTHFR mutation as well as another autoimmune clotting disorder, which most likely caused her pre eclampsia with her first 2 pregnancies and why taking a low dose aspirin with her 3rd kept it away.  She says she will have to be on injected blood thinners if she has another baby. She recommends that anyone who’s had multiple pre eclampsia experiences should have genetic testing done.

Megan Ray Bio

Megan and her husband live on a small family farm with goats, horses, cows, dogs, cats, a parrot, and a fish aquarium.  Oh yeah, and their 3 kiddos are aged three years and under! John Luke was born via unplanned c section in August 2013, Jessa in September 2014 by another unplanned c section, and Jeanneva was born March 2016 in a triumphant VBA2C! Megan is a lover of natural childbirth and a leader of a local cloth diapering mom’s group on Facebook. She is also pursuing becoming a leader of ICAN for North Texas.

Beco Baby Carriers

beco 8 baby carrier

This episode is sponsored by Beco. Beco focuses on bringing you an ideal combination of comfort and style to power you through daily duties with your baby close. With the new release of the Beco 8 baby carrier, you now have more options than ever to carry your baby. Learn more about the Beco 8 at becobaby.com. We are giving away a Beco 8 to one lucky mama over on @thebirthhour Instagram.

Girl Power Cesarean & Irish Twins

Girl Power Cesarean & Irish Twins


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Cesarean for Footling Breech

After Carolyn found out she was pregnant again at three months postpartum, she and her husband decided to move the family from Washington, DC to Arnold, MD. Sticking with her OB in DC, the plan was to deliver Carolyn’s footling breech baby by scheduled c-section. Plans changed, when her water broke three weeks early. Rushing to get to DC, an hour away, with a breech baby, coupled with contractions both strong and fast, ultimately caused them to detour for an emergency c-section at a much closer hospital. Baby Ophelia was wasting no time—her feet were already on their way out! The hospital staff of all women hustled to get her into surgery for a successful c-section, ending with a happy baby and a happy mom.

Carolyn Setash Bio

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Carolyn Setash lives in Arnold, MD with her husband, two daughters Nelly (18 months) and Ophelia (7 months), and their dog Annie. Yes, you read that correctly, these babies are exactly 11.5 months apart. On hiatus from teaching elementary school, Carolyn is currently a stay at home mom. Life with “twins” is hard work, but it’s the kind of work that leaves her endlessly grateful and happy-tired. Carolyn and the girls spend their time reading, playing, dancing, and singing Itsy Bitsy Spider way more times than most would consider an acceptable amount. Whatever keeps the peace, right?

Aeroflow Breastpumps

This episode is sponsored by Aeroflow BreastpumpsAeroflow helps new and pregnant moms to qualify for breast pumps through their health insurance. They carry all of the major brands, including Medela, Spectra, Lansinoh, Evenflo, and more. Visit their website to get started today, and your dedicated breast pump specialist will take care of all of the paperwork for you, including getting a prescription from your doctor and filing the claim with your insurance. Go here to get started!

Emergency Cesarean for Low Amniotic Fluid

Emergency Cesarean for Low Amniotic Fluid


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Emergency Cesarean after Low Amniotic Fluid

Today’s guest is Gayleen Peters who went in for a check-up around 37 weeks and realized she basically had no fluid left. She was told she’d need a cesarean that day but then had to wait several hours for the OR to open up. Her baby arrived safely but did have to spend some time in the NICU and she discusses that experience as well.

Gayleen Peters Bio

Gayleen is a stay at home Mama to a 2 year old boy named Linden, and she’s 39 weeks pregnant with her second son, and hoping for a VBAC this time around. She and her husband live in a small town in BC Canada, that’s about 6 hours away from Vancouver. Her husband works as a Registered Nurse, and when she was working she worked as a care aide.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Cassidee’s Cradle

Cassidee’s Cradle was inspired by Teresa and Jerry’s angel, for your miracle. Their daughter, Cassidee was stillborn at 21 weeks and they created Cassidee’s Cradle to raise awareness around pregnancy loss and help provide resources to support families and empower parents to be able to speak about their angel babies and not feel they need to hide their grief.

Cassidee’s Cradle crib sheets are a breathable open weave design that encourages airflow and helps prevent overheating. They have Deep pockets, and an elastic that goes all the way around, ensuring a snug fit on standard crib mattresses that even the wiggliest little one can’t loosen. Made from 100% cotton muslin this sheet just gets softer and softer wash after wash after wash. Go to Cassideescradle.com for more information or check out today’s show notes page where I will link to the website as well.